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Classic or dud? Am I missing out on my generation's Woodstock? Should I be upset about this?

Mary (Mary), Monday, 11 August 2003 16:57 (11 years ago) Permalink

one of the biggest DUDs of all time. I should note that I haven't been, but every thing I've ever heard about it makes me cringe.

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Monday, 11 August 2003 17:14 (11 years ago) Permalink

It gets everyone obnoxious out of town for a few days. CLASSIC.

Tep (ktepi), Monday, 11 August 2003 17:15 (11 years ago) Permalink

Jenny Calendar liked it, but she turned out to be a dishonest gypsy. DUD.

Larcole (Nicole), Monday, 11 August 2003 17:18 (11 years ago) Permalink

Most of the people I know that go are... Lawyers.

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Monday, 11 August 2003 17:20 (11 years ago) Permalink

People I know and like really love this and swear by it and always try to tell me how amazing an event it is, but they're all new-age hippies retards, so I'm gonna say dud, even though I personally know absolutely nothing about it and am too lazy/too hip to bother learning.

;-) (nickalicious), Monday, 11 August 2003 17:22 (11 years ago) Permalink

actually, that was a lame statement, I should say that of the lawyers I know and love, the ones that go to burning man are the ones I like least

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Monday, 11 August 2003 17:24 (11 years ago) Permalink

Actually, I seriously know nothing about Burning Man other than lotsa hippie/neo-shamanic people I know are hella into it and go every year, and I'm torn between sharing some key interests with these people and hating being around them, so I'm guessing I'd have a pretty distinctly ambiguous love/hate appreciation for this event. I'd probably love what it's (supposed to be) about, and probably hate being around all these people behaving thusly.

nickalicious (nickalicious), Monday, 11 August 2003 17:28 (11 years ago) Permalink

ahh the late 90s... do they still have them?

burning man : leisure activity :: dotcom : sound business model

gygax! (gygax!), Monday, 11 August 2003 17:28 (11 years ago) Permalink

It's Vegas for Vegans
hahahahahahahaha

Horace Mann (Horace Mann), Monday, 11 August 2003 17:29 (11 years ago) Permalink

It just seems so haphazard and vulgar.

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Monday, 11 August 2003 17:30 (11 years ago) Permalink

"Hey everybody! Let's go out to the desert and act all freaky-like! C'mon, it'll be a hoot!"

oops (Oops), Monday, 11 August 2003 17:37 (11 years ago) Permalink

"dude, we can buy some really great soap and maybe some bracelets"

Horace Mann (Horace Mann), Monday, 11 August 2003 17:38 (11 years ago) Permalink

If a bunch of hippies are in the desert, and there's no one to smell them, do they have a smell?

NA (Nick A.), Monday, 11 August 2003 17:38 (11 years ago) Permalink

has anyone that's posted so far actually been to one?

fortunate hazel (f. hazel), Monday, 11 August 2003 17:43 (11 years ago) Permalink

This is one of the few times where I can't stop myself from judging something by the people who like it; the people I know and have known who go to Burning Man are among the most loathsome, flaky, obnoxious, insulated, sheltered, spoiled, and flat-out stupid people I've met (I'm talking almost exclusively about northeasterners, if there's a significant difference). It isn't possible for me to separate out my utter contempt for them from my impression of Burning Man, even if it should be. If I miss out on a big zoomy zeitgeist-a-go-go as a result, I'll live with that.

Tep (ktepi), Monday, 11 August 2003 17:51 (11 years ago) Permalink

ts: Burning Man vs Flashmobbing

Horace Mann (Horace Mann), Monday, 11 August 2003 17:53 (11 years ago) Permalink

Judging from this piece on it, it doesn't seem like anything at all actually happens out there in the desert...or maybe EVERYTHING happens out there!

(ps no it doesn't)

nickalicious (nickalicious), Monday, 11 August 2003 17:58 (11 years ago) Permalink

It would be better if they really set dudes on fire. That would probably attract more of a NASCAR crowd, and me, of course.

Horace Mann (Horace Mann), Monday, 11 August 2003 17:59 (11 years ago) Permalink

The two people who I met who first clued me into it were like the coolest NYC people ever. Also, I think Douglas has just taken off to it, and I know Geeta has been before. So at least the NYers who go seem to be with it people.

Mary (Mary), Monday, 11 August 2003 18:00 (11 years ago) Permalink

i thought it suXoRed but then i went a few years ago and it was fantastic!

since everything dries immediately in the desert (it's like 110 degrees out during the day) nothing smells at all

so many different crowds of ppl go that you can avoid whatever people you dont like (hippies, ravers, whatever) -- not to mention there's always about 1000 things going on simultaneously so you can go to what you like and not go to what you don't like

i'm pretty anti-hippie myself

geeta (geeta), Monday, 11 August 2003 18:02 (11 years ago) Permalink

I just can't seem to find out what actually happens out there!

nickalicious (nickalicious), Monday, 11 August 2003 18:13 (11 years ago) Permalink

the only person I know who's been (that I know of) is definitely one of the coolest NYC people I know. she's from Kansas City.

gabbneb (gabbneb), Monday, 11 August 2003 18:19 (11 years ago) Permalink

well the kids i go with are more of the scary industrial types -- they build huge art pieces (metal sculptures, massive LED arrays, etc)

i'm going in two weeks -- i am psyched (douglas will be there again also!)

geeta (geeta), Monday, 11 August 2003 18:20 (11 years ago) Permalink

by huge i mean 50 - 100 feet high

geeta (geeta), Monday, 11 August 2003 18:21 (11 years ago) Permalink

As much as I admire and respect my fellow ilxors, I just can't seem to get past the fact that everyone I know who goes is an ignorant hypocrite. Maybe I'll have to reevaluate...

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Monday, 11 August 2003 18:27 (11 years ago) Permalink

i'm not! you'd like me spencer

i'm not sure about the CA contingent, so i can't comment on that

geeta (geeta), Monday, 11 August 2003 18:32 (11 years ago) Permalink

I blogged this last week or so

Chris Barrus (Chris Barrus), Monday, 11 August 2003 18:41 (11 years ago) Permalink

as i said to geeta a few minutes ago, i can take lots of drugs in my apartment all weekend and play x-box. where exactly is the, uh, fun?

strongo hulkington (dubplatestyle), Monday, 11 August 2003 18:43 (11 years ago) Permalink

is this like when calvin's dad tried to explain the joys of getting up at 4 am only to eat cold fish for breakfast?

strongo hulkington (dubplatestyle), Monday, 11 August 2003 18:43 (11 years ago) Permalink

... Chris, please tell me the first comment on that blog entry is meant to be tongue-in-cheek and not taken seriously?

Tep (ktepi), Monday, 11 August 2003 18:47 (11 years ago) Permalink

Of course it's serious!

Dan Perry (Dan Perry), Monday, 11 August 2003 18:48 (11 years ago) Permalink

If it's serious (it isn't really, is it? it doesn't quite go far enough to be intentionally funny, though...), that says more about my distaste for this than I ever could.

Tep (ktepi), Monday, 11 August 2003 18:52 (11 years ago) Permalink

It's always seemed like a total dud to me. A convention of wasted lives.

Mr. Diamond (diamond), Monday, 11 August 2003 18:56 (11 years ago) Permalink

burning man is everything that's every been wrong with the american version of "raving" with the addition of crappy "art" and hippies.

strongo hulkington (dubplatestyle), Monday, 11 August 2003 18:58 (11 years ago) Permalink

alternately: woodstock '99 without the consoling specter of generational fascism.

strongo hulkington (dubplatestyle), Monday, 11 August 2003 19:00 (11 years ago) Permalink

have you been jess?

Mary (Mary), Monday, 11 August 2003 19:07 (11 years ago) Permalink

I haven't been anyone but myself (except for those two weeks in '95).

Dan Perry (Dan Perry), Monday, 11 August 2003 19:08 (11 years ago) Permalink

i haven't been jess either, since i changed my name.

strongo hulkington (dubplatestyle), Monday, 11 August 2003 19:11 (11 years ago) Permalink

much like tep, the very idea of it is enough to fufill my haterate needs.

strongo hulkington (dubplatestyle), Monday, 11 August 2003 19:11 (11 years ago) Permalink

From my transatlantic perspective it seems to make being a hippie an incredible amount of hard and quite intense work, which is sort of contra the point IMO. I get the same feeling as I get when I see the giant metal baby head tank thing at Glastonbury (actually pretty much anything in Lost Vagueness at Glasto) - first encounter "oh thats pretty kewl", all subsequent "God, just relax and stop trying so hard"

Tom (Groke), Monday, 11 August 2003 19:15 (11 years ago) Permalink

... Chris, please tell me the first comment on that blog entry is meant to be tongue-in-cheek and not taken seriously?

Actually, that comment is from a friend of mine who goes to Burning Man every year (translation: he' s serious)

Chris Barrus (Chris Barrus), Monday, 11 August 2003 19:26 (11 years ago) Permalink

Well, no offense to your friend, then. But ... as I said above.

Tep (ktepi), Monday, 11 August 2003 19:28 (11 years ago) Permalink

aw jess you old curmudgeon you!

a) like with anything else some of it is crap and some of it is really cool
b) everything gets set on fire so if you didn't like some of the art that's ok, it'll all be up in flames at the end

geeta (geeta), Monday, 11 August 2003 19:32 (11 years ago) Permalink

Tep, what are you having a problem with in that statement from Chris's blog? You seem overtly disturbed and I can't figure out why.

Dan Perry (Dan Perry), Monday, 11 August 2003 19:33 (11 years ago) Permalink

I think the central question here is: would Beavis and Butthead have gone to Burning Man? On the con side, we have hippies, art, and rave music. On the plus side, there's lots of breaking stuff and fire. The jury's still out on this one, folks.

DUN NUH-NUH-NUH NUH-NUH-NUH NUH NUH NUH-NUH!


NA (Nick A.), Monday, 11 August 2003 19:34 (11 years ago) Permalink

Not a problem, per se -- but it reads like a continuation of Chris's entry, i.e. more a litany of why NOT to go than an actual endorsement. "I feel like an artist" and "I'm starving cause this stuff costs too much"? "I'm Photoshopping my friends into a tarot deck"?

Granted, I think part of me dies any time someone says they "feel like an artist." That's me. But the rest is actually supposed to make it sound good?

Tep (ktepi), Monday, 11 August 2003 19:36 (11 years ago) Permalink

I seriously had no idea it was still happening!

Is it called "Bill Graham Presents©: Mountain Dew eXtreme™'s Burning Man 2003" yet?

gygax! (gygax!), Monday, 11 August 2003 19:39 (11 years ago) Permalink

HAH I didn't realize there were comments at the bottom and thought you were talking about Chris's list! I R stoopid.

Dan Perry (Dan Perry), Monday, 11 August 2003 19:41 (11 years ago) Permalink

someone told me it was easy to get laid with hot but somewhat underwashed neo hippie chicks there? is this true?

Bob Shaw (Bob Shaw), Monday, 11 August 2003 19:41 (11 years ago) Permalink

it just kept going and going

sarahell, Friday, 28 September 2012 15:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

she should hook up with this guy

am0n, Friday, 28 September 2012 15:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

WHY on earth is it so LONG!!!!???!!

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 28 September 2012 16:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

as awful as the video is, I don't think I could be anything other than totally jazzed if my bride made it for me

has important things to say about gangnam style (Hurting 2), Friday, 28 September 2012 16:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

I would be like, "jesus christ, I thought I was marrying a totally different person, not a musical theater actor" and leave home

ɥɯ ︵ (°□°) (mh), Friday, 28 September 2012 16:32 (2 years ago) Permalink

The internet is so hateful. A hall of mirrors just laughing at itself.

Emperor Cos Dashit (Adam Bruneau), Friday, 28 September 2012 16:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

kind of amused at people reacting badly to this versus the videos of wedding parties marching down the aisle to pop songs

like, making a heartfelt thing like this that's not a centerpiece of anything is a lot less cringeworthy than getting a few years down the road and realizing you looked like a jackass to the tune of the Black Eyed Peas

ɥɯ ︵ (°□°) (mh), Friday, 28 September 2012 16:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

Those are bad too.

(✿◠‿◠) (ENBB), Friday, 28 September 2012 16:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

am0n, Friday, 28 September 2012 16:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

well it was tweeted by her to HuffPost weddings so, I mean...it's nice that she loves her dude so much that she sang a song and the sentiments are fine but sending it public in the delighted hope that it might go viral is just asking for trouble.

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 28 September 2012 16:48 (2 years ago) Permalink

it ceases to be charming and becomes pomplemoussian in its quest for publicity

sarahell, Friday, 28 September 2012 16:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

exactly

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 28 September 2012 16:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

Yes. Plus she seems like an insufferable person. I hated her within 10 seconds.

(✿◠‿◠) (ENBB), Friday, 28 September 2012 16:55 (2 years ago) Permalink

pomplemoussian!

has important things to say about gangnam style (Hurting 2), Friday, 28 September 2012 16:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

I just watched the beginning again to make sure I wasn't just being harsh but COME ON. It's bad.

(✿◠‿◠) (ENBB), Friday, 28 September 2012 16:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, i mean, if you want to open yourself up to the public, then you better be ready for criticism.

Emperor Cos Dashit (Adam Bruneau), Friday, 28 September 2012 16:58 (2 years ago) Permalink

"you're my elf Muppet lover!"
"... thanks?"

set me on fire RAAAAH (DJP), Friday, 28 September 2012 17:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

let's also not forget "everything's okay-o/when I'm with Judeo"

set me on fire RAAAAH (DJP), Friday, 28 September 2012 17:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

The occasional cameo appearances of her BBFs.

pplains, Friday, 28 September 2012 17:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

BFFs, I mean.

pplains, Friday, 28 September 2012 17:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

rofl @ BBF

ɥɯ ︵ (°□°) (mh), Friday, 28 September 2012 18:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

you never know, they could be BBFs too

set me on fire RAAAAH (DJP), Friday, 28 September 2012 18:14 (2 years ago) Permalink

big beautiful friends?

(✿◠‿◠) (ENBB), Friday, 28 September 2012 18:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

Blemish Balm Friends

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 28 September 2012 18:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

oh

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 28 September 2012 18:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

Oh, I was thinking something with a racial connotation

ɥɯ ︵ (°□°) (mh), Friday, 28 September 2012 18:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

I thought it was Big Beautiful Females...

die face down in some dude's pool (how's life), Friday, 28 September 2012 18:55 (2 years ago) Permalink

oh

― set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, September 28, 2012 2:52 PM (4 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

lol

(✿◠‿◠) (ENBB), Friday, 28 September 2012 18:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

DJP strikes again, lol

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 28 September 2012 19:00 (2 years ago) Permalink

Oh, I was thinking something with a racial connotation


Single Butt Female

pplains, Friday, 28 September 2012 19:23 (2 years ago) Permalink

let's also not forget "everything's okay-o/when I'm with Judeo"

― set me on fire RAAAAH (DJP), Friday, September 28, 2012 6:07 PM (4 hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

I totally heard this as "everything's okay-o/when I'm with my dayo"

emil.y, Friday, 28 September 2012 21:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

3 weeks pass...

Haha, holy shit Texas.

http://www.star-telegram.com/2012/10/19/4348039/big-tex-on-fire-at-state-fair.html

pplains, Friday, 19 October 2012 16:00 (2 years ago) Permalink

Someone can get me a framed edition of this one.

pplains, Friday, 19 October 2012 16:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

I'll always remember the good times.

pplains, Friday, 19 October 2012 16:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

the night they burned old texie down

michael bolton's reckless daughter (Hurting 2), Friday, 19 October 2012 16:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

did they take him to Parkland Hospital?

cancer, kizz my hairy irish azz (Dr Morbius), Friday, 19 October 2012 20:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

Helluva time to do his Koresh imitation.

pplains, Friday, 19 October 2012 20:30 (2 years ago) Permalink

9 months pass...

Celebrity attendee this year: Andrew Sullivan

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 1 August 2013 19:30 (1 year ago) Permalink

Lol

joe schmoladoo from 7-11 (Shakey Mo Collier), Thursday, 1 August 2013 19:32 (1 year ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

http://www.theverge.com/2013/8/21/4643668/startups-are-invading-burning-man

At last year's Burning Man, a prominent tech investor was attacked by ninjas. "They were just a bunch of people dressed up as ninjas, riding around on bikes," says Garry Tan, Y Combinator partner and co-founder of Posthaven.com. "They yelled out 'ninja! ninja!' and then they tapped me lightly on the arm." As quickly as they'd appeared, the ninjas were gone.

polyphonic, Wednesday, 21 August 2013 17:06 (1 year ago) Permalink

10 months pass...

http://www.lrb.co.uk/v36/n14/emily-witt/diary

caek, Friday, 11 July 2014 18:35 (3 months ago) Permalink

Disgusting

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Friday, 11 July 2014 18:49 (3 months ago) Permalink

she biked to the playa a lot

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 11 July 2014 19:47 (3 months ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

www.nytimes.com/2014/08/21/fashion/at-burning-man-the-tech-elite-one-up-one-another.html?utm_source=digg&utm_medium=email

“We used to have R.V.s and precooked meals,” said a man who attends Burning Man with a group of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs. (He asked not to be named so as not to jeopardize those relationships.) “Now, we have the craziest chefs in the world and people who build yurts for us that have beds and air-conditioning.” He added with a sense of amazement, “Yes, air-conditioning in the middle of the desert!”

His camp includes about 100 people from the Valley and Hollywood start-ups, as well as several venture capital firms. And while dues for most non-tech camps run about $300 a person, he said his camp’s fees this year were $25,000 a person. A few people, mostly female models flown in from New York, get to go free, but when all is told, the weekend accommodations will collectively cost the partygoers over $2 million.

a-lo, Thursday, 21 August 2014 16:17 (2 months ago) Permalink

this has all become pretty gross

my friend who worked there for years quit earlier this year

Οὖτις, Thursday, 21 August 2014 16:34 (2 months ago) Permalink

also relevant: http://www.sfbg.com/2014/08/19/burning-man-jumps-shark

Οὖτις, Thursday, 21 August 2014 16:40 (2 months ago) Permalink

"There's no government that organizes this," Norquist said of Burning Man, an event held on federal land, accessed by public roads, and actively regulated by local, state, and federal agencies. "That's what happens when nobody tells you what to do. You just figure it out. So Burning Man is a refutation of the argument that the state has a place in nature."

Οὖτις, Thursday, 21 August 2014 16:43 (2 months ago) Permalink

lol

example (crüt), Thursday, 21 August 2014 16:45 (2 months ago) Permalink

burning man

example (crüt), Thursday, 21 August 2014 16:45 (2 months ago) Permalink


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